Free tolls on Atlantic City Expressway this Friday to kick off Memorial Day Weekend

The weather computers are predicting a pretty nice Memorial Day Weekend, so why not get on the road take a trip down the shore?

Yes, gas prices may be a detriment, but thanks to Chickie’s and Pete’s, there’s a little bit of a break as the restaurant chain is helping give a little bit of a break. After a 2-year break, Chickie’s and Pete’s will once again partner with the South Jersey Transportation Authority  and the Atlantic City Expressway for “Free Toll Friday.”

Chickie’s & Pete’s, home of world famous Crabfries, will be paying tolls (cash and EZ Pass) for all drivers at the Eastbound Egg Harbor, New Jersey Toll Plaza Exit May 27th from 5-6 p.m. Early that afternoon, from Noon-5 p.m. Chickie’s and Pete’s will give away free orders of their world famous Crabfries at the Farley Plaza from The Crabfries Express Food Truck, plus host an outdoor celebration.

Chickie’s & Pete’s is joining forces with local non-profit, The Patriot Fund this Memorial Day Weekend. The Patriot Fund works to provide a world where our Veterans can return from duty proactively supported psychologically, emotionally, socially, and financially as they and their families re-engage into civilian life. They served us, now it’s time to serve them. For more information on The Patriot Fund and to donate, please visit

“We simply could not be more excited to get back to kicking off and celebrating summer by paying for driver’s tolls again,” said Chickie’s & Pete’s Founder Pete Ciarrocchi. “This year we are celebrating more than the kick-off to summer. We are paying for the tolls to thank all those who supported us the past two years. Chickie’s and Pete’s customers supported us and now we get to return the favor.”

Ciarrocchi chose Memorial Day Weekend to pay the tolls as a way to honor his family’s military tradition.

“My Dad and my Uncles were all in the military,” said Ciarrocchi. “In fact, my Uncle George, who was my restaurant mentor, won the Silver Star for bravery. He was quite the guy and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him.”

At the Frank S. Farley Plaza celebration, there will also be free family fun including face painting, a demonstration by The State Police Dog Search and Rescue Team and a display of Fire and Rescue Equipment from The Atlantic City International Airport. In addition, children can visit with ambassadors from The Funny Farm, an animal rescue sanctuary for farm and zoo animals.

Before the pandemic interfered, Chickie’s & Pete’s and the SJTA celebrated this Memorial Day weekend tradition yearly since 2013. Over Memorial Day Weekend, New Jersey could see at least one million people traveling throughout the state for the holiday. On average more than 285,000 motorists have used the Atlantic City Expressway alone between Friday and Monday (pre-pandemic).

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